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4:45 PM ET, May 21, 2015

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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
A Closer Look at Hillary Clinton's Emails on Benghazi  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton last year provided the State Department with 55,000 pages of emails that she said were related to her work as secretary of state, all from the personal account she exclusively used while leading the department.
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
First Batch of Hillary Clinton Emails Captures Concerns Over Libya  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department is expected to release the first batch of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email address in the coming days.  —  The emails set for release, drawn from some 55,000 pages …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Speeches Often Well Received Despite the Price
Discussion: The Federalist
Nick Gass / Politico:
Blumenthal blamed Benghazi attack on protesters in email to Clinton
Discussion: Power Line
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Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Obama rejects ‘rubber stamp’ of Israel policies … President says in Atlantic interview he cares so deeply about Israel that he's motivated to criticize continued settlement activity, comments from Netanyahu.  —  WASHINGTON — “Political forces” in Washington seek to provide the government …
Michelle Conlin / Reuters:
Paid late, some ex-staffers of White House hopeful Fiorina won't sign on again  —  Politics has a well-known revolving door, with candidates often rehiring consultants, strategists and vendors as they move from one campaign to the next.  But for Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina, that might not be so easy.
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Politico:
Republicans keep Obama trade agenda alive  —  On life support as of early Thursday morning, President Barack Obama's trade agenda has found new life.  —  In a dramatic vote critical to the future of the president's goal of securing new trade deals with Pacific Rim and European countries …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate takes key step toward passing fast-track for Obama
Gov. Mike Huckabee / Des Moines Register:
My focus is on Iowa caucuses - not straw poll  —  I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love Iowa.  My goal is to run a well-funded, well-organized, and well-executed campaign to do extremely well in the Iowa caucuses in 2016.  —  In 2008, I competed and finished second in the Iowa straw poll …
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Who Stood With Rand This Time?
Discussion: The Hill
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Huckabee decides to skip Iowa Straw Poll
Washington Post:
Suspect in 4 D.C. killings identified after DNA is found on pizza sent to burned home  —  D.C. police have an arrest warrant for a 34-year-old man, Daron Dylon Wint from Maryland.  Law enforcement sources said DNA evidence linked him to the killing of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, young son and housekeeper.
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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones  —  The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals.  —  The surveillance project was launched …
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CBC News:
Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware
Discussion: The Citizen Lab, PandoDaily and Reuters
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Maggie Gyllenhaal on Hollywood Ageism: I Was Told 37 Is ‘Too Old’ for a 55-Year-Old Love Interest  —  “It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh,” the actress tells TheWrap  —  Every time we think things are getting better for women in Hollywood, something comes along to remind us — naaah.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Jeb Bush rails against ‘intellectual arrogance’ in climate change debate  —  Obama ‘abandoned’ Iraq, Jeb Bush says 01:00  —  Story highlights  — He says government should provide incentives for methods like hydraulic fracking and horizontal drilling  —  Bedford, New Hampshire (CNN) …
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush: ‘The climate is changing’
Discussion: Mashable and Horizons
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Obama's Game of Chicken with the Supreme Court  —  Sometime next month, the Supreme Court will decide King v. Burwell, and the conventional wisdom about the stakes in the case appears to have shifted.  The case represents a challenge to the core of the Affordable Care Act.
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William Kristol / USA Today:
We were right to fight in Iraq
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Obama Favorable Rating Up, Best Since September 2013  —  Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' favorable ratings of President Barack Obama now stand at 53%, up four points from March.  This comes after a year in which these ratings were mostly below 50% and marks the president's highest score since September 2013.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Boy Scouts' President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders  —  The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group's blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Study Shows Riots Make America Conservative  —  Nonviolent protests work.  Violent protests cause a backlash.  —  Shares  —  The recent spate of protests against police brutality have changed the way the left thinks about rioting.  The old liberal idea, which distinguished between peaceful protests …
Ivan Oransky / Retraction Watch:
Author retracts study of changing minds on same-sex marriage after colleague admits data were faked  —  In what can only be described as a remarkable and swift series of events, one of the authors of a much-ballyhooed Science paper claiming that short conversations could change people's minds …
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
Christie faults media bias for ‘Bridgegate’ heat  —  Gov. Chris Christie, (R) New Jersey, talks about the media covers of Iraq, “Bridgegate,” and Hillary Clinton.  —  New Jersey governor and possible GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie said Thursday he's been victimized by a liberal media bias …
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Banter and The Week
 
 
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Chris Strohm / Bloomberg Business:
White House Makes Final Lobbying Push to Pass NSA Bill in Senate
Discussion: Political Wire
Max Ehrenfreund / Washington Post:
Kansas has found the ultimate way to punish the poor
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Univision host: Hispanic vote to jump from 12 million to 16 million, will decide presidency
Discussion: Liberaland and Truth Revolt
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Sanders threatens to crowd out O'Malley
Discussion: Liberaland and Weekly Standard
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Tom Cotton: We shouldn't be ashamed of the Iraq War
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
1,400 investigated in child sex abuse inquiry, including politicians
Discussion: Shakesville and Balloon Juice